Among the recent silent launches happening in the nation, German Carmaker Audi too joined the bandwagon by introducing the facelift version of A3 Cabriolet into the market. Apparently, A3 Cabriolet was first launched in the year 2014. While the Audi A3 sedan and A4 Diesel was being expected to be launched soon, the entry of the Cabriolet facelift was indeed a surprise.
Audi A3 Cabriolet Facelift exhibits new design on its exteriors as part of the update. Dimensions have been maintained as the outgoing model, while cosmetic tweaks have been provided to enhance the presence of this soft-top vehicle. To begin with, there is a renewed headlamp cluster with full LED headlamps and DLRs (daytime running lamps). Bumpers look more aggressive and the single frame hexagonal grille stands prominent. Body lines have been chiseled to make it look more appealing. Dynamic turn indicators and rear LED tail lights add to the revisions on the exterior profile. The soft-top opens and shuts upto speeds of 50kmph and claims to keep the cabin insulated from external noise, while closed.
A 7-inch retractable display screen with MMI system, 3-spoke multi-functional steering wheel, plush Milano leather upholstery and the new Bang & Olufsen Audio system form part of the cabin updates. Safety features include five airbags, ABS (Anti-lock Braking System) with EBD (Electronic Brakeforce Distribution) and Audi Parking Assist that has front and rear parking sensors with camera.
The All New A3 Cabriolet replaces the existing 1.8L engine and is now equipped with a new 1.4L TFSI petrol engine that develops 150hp and 250 Nm torque coupled to a 7-speed S-Tronic dual clutch transmission. It comes with a new Cylinder On Demand technology that shuts off cylinders at low speeds to reduce emissions and improve fuel efficiency. The New A3 Cabriolet claims to return mileage of 19.2kmpl. The A3 Cabriolet Facelift is being fully imported to India as the existing model. At Rs.47.98 lakhs (Ex-showroom Delhi), this convertible turns out to be one of the most affordable cars of its segment.
Tata Motors launched the limited edition Tiago Wizz in the country at a price of Rs.4.52 lakh for the Petrol variant and Rs.5.30 lakh for the Diesel variant (both ex-showroom prices, Delhi).
Union Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari warned the automobile industry to come up with advanced technology to develop vehicles using alternative fuels instead of petrol and diesel. He also pointed out that he wanted the pollution and import bill to be reduced in the country. At the 57th annual event organized by SIAM to discuss on various programmes for the Automobile Industry, the Transport Minister clearly warned the auto makers that without choice, they will have to move to production of vehicles that run on electricity, bio-diesel, ethanol and compressed natural gas; else he will bulldoze the existing fuel setup completely that is polluting the country. He also added that the government has a crystal clear policy to reduce the import bills of crude oil and arrest pollution to a great extent.
• Maruti Suzuki Ignis to be launched on 13th January 2017
• Addressed as a premium urban crossover, Ignis comes with a lot of unique features for the Indian specific model
• Available in both Petrol and Diesel trims and expected to be priced around Rs.5-7 lakh approximately
Hindustan Motors has signed an agreement with Peugeot, selling Ambassador Brand and certain related rights at a sum of Rs.80 crore. It also said that the proceeds of the sale will be used to clear all pending dues of employees and lenders.
Maruti Suzuki has launched the New Swift 2017 in Japan and it is just months away to the Indian launch. It is expected to reach India in the second half of 2017 and there has been some real buzz about it for quite some time now.
The unique and most loved car since 2005 has chosen a new avatar for the 2017 launch and is being awaited by the enthusiasts all over.
Honda WR-V (Winsome Runabout Vehicle), the sub compact crossover was unveiled at the 2016 Sao Paulo Motor Show in Brazil. Now, Honda is about to launch the same here in the country on March 16th, 2017. As WR-V rolls here, India will earn the name for being the first country to produce and launch it in the world. Previously named as the Jazz Twist, this crossover is based on the company’s best seller Honda Jazz but is slightly longer and taller than the latter.